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January 1, 2011
Aspire and Ascend are the names of two new product lines announced by EMS Aviation and Rockwell Collins, respectively, at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention in Atlanta in October. They might also describe the state of business aviation in general as the industry claws back from an historic low. This year should mark the bottom of the business jet delivery down cycle begun in 2009...
January 1, 2011
Despite the economic meltdown of 2009, the United States airline industry is gradually recovering, as passengers return to the skies and carriers’ balance sheets shift from red to black. Airlines including JetBlue, Southwest, United, Delta and US Airways announced third-quarter profits, with positive outlooks for the balance of last year and beyond. Much of the industry’s profit has been gained...
January 1, 2011
In a drive to boost efficiency and lower costs, fundamental aircraft components, including cockpit switches, are being required to use less space and energy, or in the industry parlance, to adopt a lower profile. To reduce the profile of their products, switch manufacturers are using new materials and technologies, and some are introducing touchscreen products, to make optimum use of the limited available...
January 1, 2011
The NextGen horizon is one where the line between sky and ground fades to indistinguishable; pilot and air-traffic controller are privy to the same information, in real-time, and aircraft operations through shared data and automation are optimized from gate to gate. Demand and capacity exist in harmony, travelers travel efficiently and carbon is conserved. Within NextGen, the paradigm shift of Air Traffic...
January 1, 2011
New Republican Leadership Faults NextGen Effort The new chairman of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee promised “rigorous oversight” of the NextGen air-traffic modernization effort, following a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report that faults FAA’s goal-setting process. Rep. John L. Mica (R-Fla.) was confirmed by the House Republican Conference Dec. 8 to serve as...
January 1, 2011
TCAS Upgrades L-3 Avionics Systems is developing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capable versions of its SkyWatch HP models SKY899 TAS and SKY899A TCAS-I systems. The models are expected to be available in mid-2011, the company said. The new SkyWatch HP units will come with a pre-installed, updated software package that will fuse active traffic and mode-S (1090 MHz) ADS-B information...
January 1, 2011
New Avionics Publisher Named Access Intelligence LLC has appointed Tish Drake publisher of Avionics Magazine. Drake has been with Access Intelligence for more than 10 years as publisher of Communications Technology magazine, a broadband industry publication. She can be reached at tdrake@accessintel.com or 800-325-0156. The magazine also named Susan Joyce district sales manager for the western United States...
January 1, 2011
January 18–19 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), AsiaWorld Expo and Hong Kong Business Aviation Center, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.abace.aero/2011. March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. Contact the Helicopter Association International (HAI), phone 703-683-4646 or visit www.heliexpo.com. 8-10 ATC Global 2011, Amsterdam RAI...
December 1, 2010
Avionics Magazine proudly presents the fifth edition of our biennial Aerospace Acronym...
December 1, 2010
One of the biggest drivers for new generation databus technology is the transmission of video, images and other visual information — such as for terrain awareness and mapping, as well as weather radar — which requires large increases in data quantity and refresh rates. Manufacturers of systems that address high bandwidth databus networking face a number of challenges. These include maintaining...
December 1, 2010
Joe Hof Metron Aviation, Dulles, Va., appointed Joe Hof director of business Development for Global ATM Operations. Before joining Metron, Hof was the national operations manager of international operations at FAA’s Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC), where he was responsible for developing Traffic Flow Management (TFM) processes and procedures with international air navigation...
December 1, 2010
December 8 Issues in Air Traffic Management, an Avionics Magazine webinar, noon to 1 p.m., EST. For more information, visit www.aviationtoday.com/webinars. 2011 January 18–19 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE), AsiaWorld Expo and Hong Kong Business Aviation Center, Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.abace.aero/2011. March 5-8 Heli-Expo 2011, Orange County Convention...
November 1, 2010
Rushed to combat theaters last year, laser-pointing Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) protect U.S. helicopters from shoulder-launched missiles. The Army acknowledges the Advanced Threat Infrared Countermeasures (ATIRCM) system on a Chinook defeated a multi-missile ambush soon after the quick reaction capability was fielded. The Naval Air Systems Command, meanwhile, notes DIRCM-enabled Marine Corps...
November 1, 2010
An investment group led by ITT Corp. has developed a novel funding mechanism aimed at supporting airlines in buying and installing NextGen avionics beginning in 2012. The funding mechanism, involving a mix of commercial borrowing and private equity “in excess of $1 billion,” would finance new avionics for up to 5,600 Part 121 aircraft, the majority of the United States fleet. The equipment...
November 1, 2010
Wire and cable for aerospace and defense applications are often seen as commodity products, and, as such, manufacturers and distributors of these products have to please a broad spectrum of customers when it comes to characteristics such as weight, size and flexibility. “As you see the increasing demand for higher-performance products that are lighter, have better attenuation and higher speed, there...
November 1, 2010
Listening to satellite radio the other day while approaching Washington’s Capital Beltway, sometimes referred to as “the world’s largest parking lot,” I was reminded of President Obama’s proposal to invest $50 billion in the nation’s transportation infrastructure, often referred to as “crumbling.” When the President floated the proposal on Labor Day in...
November 1, 2010
Achieving the benefits of NextGen will require that users equip with avionics supporting NextGen capabilities — avionics for ADS-B, data communications and Required Navigation Performance. On the commercial carrier front, the willingness to equip will be driven by the ability to close a business case for retrofitting existing aircraft and forward-fitting aircraft that have yet to come off the...
November 1, 2010
Avionics Webinar Panelists: Demand Grows For Cabin, Cockpit Connectivity The market for in-flight connectivity systems in business aircraft is “exploding,” with multiple providers offering new capabilities for the cabin and cockpit, panelists said Oct. 13 during an Avionics Magazine webinar, “Business Jet Connections: In-Flight Connectivity Services and Solutions for Business...
November 1, 2010
Ethernet Switch Acra Control Inc., of Hollywood, Md., launched a ruggedized managed Grandmaster Ethernet switch designed for airborne applications. The NET/SWI/004 is a lightweight, MIL-STD-810 ruggedized Ethernet switch. It has an embedded Grandmaster that transmits IEEE 1588 PTP precision Time Protocol (PTP) packets to achieve system wide synchronization using time data from a built-in GPS receiver or a...
November 1, 2010
EMS Aviation Appointments EMS Aviation named Clifford Topham vice president of sales and marketing. Topham most recently served in leadership positions in sales and business development for Rolls-Royce. Topham previously served as director of sales and customer support for International Aero Engines AG, a joint venture of Rolls-Royce (U.K.), Pratt & Whitney (United States), MTU (Germany) and JAEC...
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